Jocelyn Maclure

Academic title(s): 

Professor & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Human Nature and Technology

Jocelyn Maclure
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

(514) 398-3100
Email address: 
jocelyn.maclure [at]

DPhil, University of Southampton

Research areas: 
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

After a B.A. at Laval University and an M.A. at the University of Victoria, Jocelyn Maclure earned a DPhil from the University of Southampton. Before joining the Department of Philosophy at McGill University in 2021, he taught for 17 years in the Faculty of Philosophy at Laval University. He held visiting appointments in several universities.

Jocelyn’s research is primarily in ethics and political philosophy. His book Secularism and Freedom of Conscience (Harvard University Press, 2011), co-authored with Charles Taylor, appeared in 9 languages. His recent work on artificial intelligence and on end-of-life issues led him to explore different metaphysical questions ranging from the mind-body problem to the enigma of personal identity.

As a public philosopher, he served as an expert-analyst for the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on cultural and religious accommodations, co-chaired the group of experts on medical assistance in dying, advanced medical directives and neurodegenerative diseases, and participated in numerous public debates. He is the current president of the Quebec Ethics in Science and Technology Commission.

Selected publications: 

Cossette-Lefebvre, H & Maclure, J, “AI’s fairness problem: understanding wrongful discrimination in the context of automated decision-making”, AI & Ethics, Online first, Nov 16, 2022.

Maclure, J. “AI, Explainability and Public Reason: The Argument from the Limitations of the Human Mind”, Minds and Machines, 2021.

Maclure, J., Russell, S. “AI For Humanity: The Gobal Challenges”, in Toward Responsible AI, B. Braunschweig & M. Ghallab (ed.), Springer, 2021.

Levy, J., Maclure, J. & Weinstock, D. (ed.), Interpreting Modernity. Essays on the Work of Charles Taylor, Montreal : McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.

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